ICC Intercontinental Cup 2010 September 24, 2010

Zimbabwe offer to forfeit Intercontinental Cup game

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has offered to forfeit Zimbabwe XI's ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Scotland, and consequently the chance for a place in the final, after Cricket Scotland reversed its decision to send a team to Zimbabwe in October following advice from the Scottish government against visiting the country. The proposal, if approved by the ICC, will result in Scotland gaining full points from the match and qualifying for the final.

Zimbabwe XI are currently second in the league, with 72 points, while Scotland are third with 69. They are the only two teams with a chance of sealing a spot in the final against Afghanistan, who are first with 77 points, in Dubai.

The match was initially scheduled to be held at a neutral African venue before the Scottish board agreed to a proposal to play in Zimbabwe, but a change in the British government's policy led to the decision not to tour. ZC refused to shift their home match to a neutral venue, pointing out that they had not pushed for the match to be held in Zimbabwe, and the venue was decided by the ICC.

"While Scotland's decision not to tour has been attributed to political considerations, we as Zimbabwe Cricket are not qualified to comment on matters political of any country, nor would we want to base the future of the game of cricket on political directives," Ozias Bvute, ZC's managing director, said in a statement. "As such Zimbabwe has no dispute with either Cricket Scotland or the ICC. Instead, we seek only a solution that will ultimately allow for fair participation by all.

"The Associate Member countries use this and other competitions to benchmark and track their progress, which is important to them," he said. "To this end we feel that the Intercontinental Cup is a significant competition in Scotland's development and therefore important that it gets the full benefits associated with playing in it."

ZC said that it had informed the ICC's Events Technical Committee of its position and a decision would be taken on September 27.

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  • Abdul on September 30, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    It is strange that Scotland a minnow in this competition dictating where they would play. Why is it England, Australia, New Zealand refuse to go to Zimbabwe, they are the cause of the split we see in the world cricket. Scotland being the poodle of England and not having a mind of their of own, would take dictation from their BIG BROTHER - England. India is no better then the other three and ICC is just a puching bag of the the three nation England, Australia and India. What I would like to see is that West Indies, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh form an alliance and close door to ICC, England, Australia and India. These four entities make political decisions based on their Government's policies. Dont tell me ICC is a democratic institution, it cannot resolve the differnce between ICL and IPL to start with. Then pandering to the whims of India, followed by ostracising Zimbabwe.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    I am really disappointed with the Scots/ECB/ICC. Can't they see that boycotting Zimbabwe has made NO difference to the political situation? Please, let's help Zimbabwe cricket continue to develop by having regular tours by 'A' sides and also some of the stronger 2nd tier nations. The Intercontinental Cup is the perfect way for Zimbabwe to develop their 2nd level talent as they prepare to re-enter the test area...

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2010, 11:31 GMT


  • Levi on September 27, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Good on ZIM for their proposal. having been ostricised by world cricket for years they still have the dignity and self respect within to express such desires. countries like AUS ENG NZ should sit back and have a long hard look at themselves and take inspiration from ZIM and wake up because the so called world powers of cricket demonstrate no such behaviour to deserve the accolades and repetitively unnecessary glorification which they receive. NZ have made minor progression and sorry for mentioning them in the same disgust as AUS and ENG who both really need a reality check, it is they who should be labelled politically unstable etc etc , i have lived in AUS all my life which i have no choice in the matter at least not for another 9 months and i have had enough of the pollitically socio-economic demographic society of this so called democracy. so on so worth enough with the negative congrats for ZIM its all about ZIM cricket and viva a positive ZIM.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    How sad to see a good tournament being undermined by Politics, including even more ineptitude on the part of the ICC, an organisation not fit for purpose, which has ridiculous policies on virtually anything including not allowing bicycles into international stadiums (who actually sat down to work that one out) but is utterly hopeless on dealing with anything meaningful.

  • Terry on September 26, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    @ChrisH, you statements are incorrect. If the matches had a 5th day then Zimb vs Ireland would have been close (26 lead, 6 wickets left), Zimb vs Afgan would have been close (160 needed with 6 wickets), Ireland vs Kenya would have been close (50 needed with 2 wickets), Ireland vs Scotland would have been Ireland win (230 needed with 5 wickets).

    A 5th day match would have made things more interesting. Zimb, Afgan & Ireland were the 3 strongest teams and all 3 would have come close to getting into the final.

    Zimb played strong players with some of their best players in the stronger matches being "suspended" from the "full team" but played in Zimb XI.

    Zimb should be a test team, but so should Afgan and Ireland immediately with the other 8 ICup/IShield teams promoted over next 5-10 years.

    If you look at performance, Bang, Zimb, Afgan & Ireland are all close on ability, with the more established teams playing more regularly against the best.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    Come on folks, look a little deeper at the motives for the ICC moving the game to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe cricket didn't ask for the game to be moved, the ICC did it without consulting anyone. They did it because they thought the UK government wouldn't bother about Scotland playing in Zimbabwe, because it's fairly unimportant to most of the UK public (most people here havent even heard about this argument, it hasn't featured on national news once). The ICC obviously thought that if Scotland came they could then use it as a stick to beat England with. They've had their bluff called by both Scotland and Zimbabwe.

    Also, can I say fair play to Zimbabwe for making this gesture, the Intercontinental competition means nothing to them, but it means a lot to the associates, and this move is absolutely the right thing for them to have done.

    P.S. Zim were in a losing position against Afghanistan by the way :-)

  • Michael on September 26, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Certainly a surprisingly brave and noble gesture. If I were Scotland I wouldn´t accept Zim´s offer.

  • Dzidzai on September 25, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Hypothetically speaking. If England meets Zimbabwe in a world cup final. Will the Brits boycott? If they do, we will most graciously accept the title of world champions. 'a bully in the playground goes around calling other kids fat'.

  • Rakesh on September 25, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    @tommy67. Zimabwe Xi would win the scotland match or will be with huge 1st innings lead. Scotland is a surprise to be in top 3 here. Ireland is 10 times better than scotland. Also Sotland was no match for Afganistan. Please remember Zim XI have not even fielded a consistent Zim XI. It is not even their 2nd string but third string. Such is the depth and quality of Zimbabwe w.r.t to Associates. Just have a look at their Fist class and domestic structure and you will notice how professionally they have again organised. If Zimbabwe is stable it is a Test match material in cricket.No doubt.We need Ireland also as Test nation.

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